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Manny Pacquiao has reportedly dropped his defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team after a confidential settlement was reached. Pacman filed the lawsuit in 2009 alleging that Floyd, his father Floyd Sr. and trainer Roger Mayweather, falsely accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs.
The Mayweather camp has now released a statement saying they wish to make it clear that they “never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs” and “no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source informed Fightnews.com about the possibility of a fight between former world champions Cristian Mijares (46-6-2, 21 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) in an possible super bantamweight world championship fight, although this is unofficial. The card would take place October 27 at the Nueva Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City and also feature former world champion Edgar Sosa. Current super bantamweight world champions are Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBA), Abner Mares (WBC), and Nonito Donaire (WBO and IBF) so it’s not clear from where the world title opportunity would come. Recently Marquez was scheduled to fight Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez Jr in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, but pulled out and was replaced by local prospect Jonathan Oquendo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Canelo Promotions recently won a WBA purse bid held in Panama City for the right to promote the fight between current featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero and his mandatory challenger Nicholas Walters. Canelo Promotions bid $120,000 with plans to hold the fight on December 1 in Kingston, Jamaica. Caballero, however, has stated that he won’t fight for $90,000 (the world champion’s 75% purse bid share) and insists that Mayweather Promotions will line him up for a big fight in the United States, possibly in November. As a result, it seems he would either have to give up the title or be stripped. One important source has indicated that Caballero-Walters is almost certain not to take place and that Walters could be fighting for the vacant belt against the highest WBA ranked contender available.
In boxing, some of the most heated battles England has seen over the last 25 years have taken place between domestic rivals: Lennox Lewis vs. Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn vs. Chris Eubank, and most recently, David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora. But when two of the UK’s top rising stars in mixed martial arts – John Hathaway and John Maguire – meet this Saturday night in Nottingham, it’s all smiles and admiration before fight time . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Next up: UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic airs Saturday, Sept. 29 from Nottingham, England, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Visit UFC.com for more info.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Millennium Photo
“I don’t have much time left as an elite fighter. I have to try my best as soon as possible, be in the ring for the big fights, fights that matter. But first things first – Mundy, this Saturday in Atlantic City,” stated popular middleweight Przemek “The Machine” Majewski, (19-1, 13 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. On Saturday night, Majewski will stay busy, fighting a man who already tested him before – Latif Mundy (10-4, 4 KOs). It will be personal for Mundy because he was an undefeated prospect with 8-0 record when they met for the first time three years ago in the same Atlantic City. Since then, Majewski is 9-1 and Mundy 2-3 with three losses by KO, but the Philadelphia fighter hopes to turn back time and come out with a win at Resorts Hotel & Casino. There will be no belt on stake as previously reported. The WBO didn’t approve Mundy for the WBO Intercontinental belt – still even with just pride on the line this looks to be an interesting affair. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Hector Afu will be the third man in the ring when WBC light flyweight champion Kompayak Porpramook (46-2, 31 KOs) defends in a rematch fight against former champion Adrian Hernandez (24-2-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday October 6 at the Centro de Convenciones, Toluca, México State. The three judges are John Keane (England), Graig Metcalfe (Canada) and John MacKae (USA). The fight supervisor is Carlos Rodriguez from Argentina.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Washington, DC welterweight Dusty Harrison will headline his fourth straight card in his hometown when he faces veteran Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH in a six-round contest on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The 18-year-old Harrison (8-0, four KOs) is making his sixth appearance at the Convention Center. The last time out on August 25, Harrison survived a sixth-round knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Marqus Jackson. Gierke (5-26-2, four KOs) has lost his last four bouts including a four-round unanimous decision to Bruce Runkle on June 2 in Wheeling, WVA. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos and Video: Pepe Rodriguez and Alma Montiel
On Tuesday in Mexico City, the World Boxing Council awarded the green and gold belts to newly crowned world champions Daniel Ponce de Leon and Robert Guerrero. The presentation was made by WBC public relations director Victor Cota. “They were champions from WBO titles who now won the titles of the World Boxing Council, the most prestigious organization in the sport of fists,” said Cota.
Ponce de Leon won the WBC world featherweight crown by dethroning Jhonny Gonzalez on September 15 in Las Vegas and Roberto Guerrero won the the welterweight diadem against Selcuk Aydin on July 28 in San Jose, California. (more…)
Following Team Carwin’s win in the inaugural fight of the competition, Team Nelson looks to bounce back Friday and even things up on The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays on FX at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
The World Boxing has accepted the recent apology by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as an admission of guilt and repentance for the use of marijuana prior to his fight with Sergio Martinez.
“As president of the WBC, I have got in touch with the Board of Governors, and we have decided to fine him $10,000 USD. That money will be donated to an institution for children who suffer from cancer,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “We also are asking Julio to attend a rehabilitation center and want official confirmation that he’s so doing. THE WBC will open its doors once again to him, so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The WBC won’t suspend Julio Cesar for an undefined time, because that is not going to help him. The suspension will last as long as the rehab center advises.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has showed his humanitarian side, by having helped his father Julio Cesar Chavez Gonzalez to enter a rehabilitation center. After his treatment we want Julio Cesar Chavez to became an example for youth. (more…)
UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has scored nine consecutive victories en route to a five-year dominant reign atop the 170-pound division. On Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the champion returns to his hometown after a 17-month absence due to injury looking to unify the welterweight title against dangerous striker Carlos Condit.
“One of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world, Georges St-Pierre, is coming home to Montreal to defend not only his pound-for-pound standing, but his welterweight world title,” UFC® President Dana White said. (more…)
Photos: Team Sauerland
Since yesterday’s late arrival in Hamburg, Germany, it is no secret that Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) likes to take his time. But after today’s public workout at the Europa Passage in Hamburg, it also no secret, that Rahman possesses some serious pop in his fists. But as expected, he was fashionably late. After leaving the hotel behind schedule and an interview on site, he changed into his training gear and had his hands taped. The media and fans had to be patient before they were able to see the challenger in action.
But then, he got started – and he did so with a bang. Just a few weeks ago during the first official press conference ahead of the big fight on Saturday, Rahman drew attention due to his presumably overweight size. But on Tuesday all of that seemed to be a thing of the past. In much better condition, the 39-year-old started his session by hitting the pads. And one thing is for sure: Even Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) would have been impressed by those powerful jabs and hooks the challenger put on display. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Making the first defence of his South African mini flyweight title Simphiwe Khonco stopped number seven ranked challenger Lutho Nkonki in the third round at the O R Tambo Hall in Mthatha, Transkei on Sunday. The 26-year-old Khonco 10-4; 5 who was born in Mthatha and was making a voluntary defence, fought on even terms over the first two rounds against the challenger. However, in the third round the champion picked up the pace and put Nkonki down for a count with a big right to the head. Soon afterwards the challenger who never fully recovered from the knockdown was backed up by Khonco and battered around the ring before the referee waved the fight off. It was reported that the East London based Nkonki with a reported record of 6-8; 3 battled to make the weight.
K2 Promotions was very saddened to hear about the death of former heavyweight world champion Corrie Sanders over the weekend. The 46-year-old Sanders was shot in an apparent robbery in Britz, near Pretoria, while celebrating the birthday of a family member. “It was a shock to Vitali and Wladimir as well as myself when I heard the news” said Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions. “Corrie was a world champion boxer and a true gentleman and a pleasure to work with outside the ring.”
The Klitschko brothers released a statement calling him a “great person”.
“We were shocked to learn of the sudden death of Corrie Sanders and we want to express our sincere condolences to his family,” read the statement. “We will remember Corrie as a great person both inside and outside the ring. He was a great fighter with a big heart who always positively represented the sport of boxing.” (more…)
Kell Brook has revealed he was close to taking a fight with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley but chose to take the mandatory route with the IBF. Brook takes on Hector Saldivia for the mandatory position for the IBF welterweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on October 20, a route the Sheffield star and his promoter Eddie Hearn decided was the right move for the 25-year-old’s career. Brook came through a gut check against Carson Jones in his last outing at the Motorpoint Arena in July, and he believes the mandatory route could lead to a mega fight in 2013 against the returning Ricky Hatton.
“The Bradley fight was put in front of me but I believe the mandatory position in the IBF is the right move,” said Brook, who is back in Sheffield after a two week training camp in Spain. “Eddie has worked hard to get me into this position and providing I beat Saldivia, I’ll be fighting for a world title at the start of 2013 and it will be on my terms. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Triple World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green held a press conference in Perth Australia to urge young men to end senseless one punch violence. Green was today featured on the front page of The West, the chief newspaper in Western Australia as he hopes the government will use a TV commercial he has made in a campaign against violence and to help educate young men.
Green has made the commercial because of the number of lives ruined by one punch attacks and he feels he is in a position to influence young men who look up to him.
“I’m not trying to preach or tell them what to do, I’m just trying to ask them to take a step back every now and then and think before they act,” Green said. “Hopefully I can get into their ear and they can get into their mates’ heads.” (more…)
On Saturday October 20th, one of the biggest nights in New York Boxing will take place as the brand new, state of the art Barclays Center will play host to four world championship fights. One of the proposed undercard bout was to have it former world title challenger Dmitry Salita (34-1-1, 18 KO’s) of Brooklyn and Edgar Santana (26-4, 17 KO’s) of Harlem, but after the fight was allegedly agreed upon, Salita apparently pulled out of the bout and Santana believes that Salita never had any intention of fighting him. “We found out that Salita did not want the fight. Regardless of what he says, he is scared to fight me. I read on the internet he said he did not want to fight me because I am coming off a loss. I fought that fight with a broken hand, but let’s face the facts, I have knocked out three guys that he not only went the distance with but he had trouble with.”
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Bob Caico Jr.
Professional Boxing returned to the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center in Verona, NY Saturday night with an eight-bout card promoted by AASHA Record Breakers, Inc.
The New York State Middleweight title was put on the line by belt holder Nick Brinson (10-1-2, 5 KOs) of Rochester against Markus Williams (10-3, 1 KO) of Schenectady in the main event. The two paired off three years ago with Brinson taking a close six round decision. This bout was scheduled for eight rounds and the title on the line. Brinson started quickly in the fight and had the better of the going over the first two rounds with crisp combinations. Williams came back in the third round and outscored Brinson to the body and head. The fight turned in the fourth as Williams landed a wicked low blow that dropped Brinson in a heap. It looked like the fight may be over but Brinson took almost three minutes of allotted time to gather himself and continue. A point was taken from Williams because of the blow and that made the round essentially a 10-8 round because Brinson was busier for the better part. Fightnews scored the next three of four rounds for Brinson and agreed with the three judges who each scored the bout 78-73 for the reigning champion. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has denied reports that he announced his retirement Monday at a press conference in Donetsk, Ukraine. “I am in the pre-election tour of Ukraine, so coming to the Donetsk region is not exactly in order to complete my career,” said Vitali on the Klitschkos’ Facebook page. “I’m a little bit tired of the question ‘when will it happen?’ I’ve repeatedly stated that when such a decision is made I’ll be sure to announce it at a separate press conference. And for now there is no talk about the end of my career. I’m sorry if I didn’t put enough emphasis on this at the news conference in Donetsk, which is quoted in the media.”
By Mike Bernier
Photos: Hector Santos/Miguel Cotto Promotions
At the El Museo del Barrio Museum in East Harlem NYC, media and the general public were in attendance for the announcement of Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto’s next fight. The fight is titled “Showdown” and will be on Saturday, December 1st. The fight will take place inside the newly renovated Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan. Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) will be facing a relatively unknown, undefeated southpaw world champion by the name of Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) in a twelve round WBA junior middleweight title fight. The event is promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, sponsored by Corona and will be telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing. (more…)
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